MEASURING & TESTING BEAMER / PROJECTOR.

Manish Abraham & Reinhard Pollhamer

Table of Contents


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Product Description. Technical Aspects. LCD Memory Effect. Humidity and Temperature. Cooling Fan Defect. Lamp Durability.

Product Description

Video projector
 Receives

a video signal from TV-receiver, PC, BluRay-Player, gaming console etc.  Projects the pictures on a projection screen.  Uses a lens system.

Product Description

Lens system of a LCD-Projector.

Technical Aspects

Light output
 measured

in lumens.  from 1500 lm for small rooms with low ambient light up to over 4000 lm for big screens and/or no lighting control.

Resolution
 common

resolutions are 800x600, 1024x768, 1280x720 and 1920x1080 pixels.  other formats have to be scaled.

Technical Aspects

Picture deformation
 when

projector has a horizontal or vertical offset to the projection screen.  digital or analog correction.

Temperature and noise
 heat

is produced by the lamp.  fans are needed to protect from overheating.

What could be tested?


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LCD Memory Effect. Button durability. Remote control (distance, obstacles). Lamp durability (3000-6000h; On/Off). Humidity and temperature differences. Defect of cooling fan. Light output (decreasing over lifespan).

What is to be tested?

LCD Memory Effect: places on the lense can get darker if they are exposed to bright pictures. Lamp durability: lamp is designed for 5000 operating hours. Humidity and Temperature: the projector should be resistant to inside as well as outside conditions. Defect of cooling fan: overheating of critical components should be prevented.

LCD Memory Effect Test

To give an idea of different test parameters, I would like to show a presentation on different parameters and then show our test.

LCD Memory Effect

2 test pictures

Testing durations: 15 / 30 / 45 / 60 / 70 / 80 / 90 / 100 / 120 / 150 / 180 minutes

LCD Memory Effect

Results
 Check

image quality of a pure black respectively pure white image after each time period. at which time and place/color the effect occured.

 Protocol

LAMP DURABILITY

The Lamp inside a Projector.

Lamp Durability

Lamp should endure 5000 hours of usage (>200 days). Long time usage and many Power-On/Off procedures have a bad influence on durability. To shorten the test time the projector is switched On/Off frequently.
 Randomized

On/Off-signals or fixed values.

Humidity and Temperature

Intended temperature range for use
 between

-5° C and +40° C
20 and 90 %

Intended humidity range for use
 between

Protocol sheet with intervals
 shorter

intervals at critical temp. or humidity levels

Test environment
 climate

chamber

Humidity and Temperature
Humidity [%] 20 40 60 70 75 80 85 90 Temperature [°C] 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 Status OK OK OK OK … … … …

92 94

20 20

… …

Cooling Fan Defect

System must shut down before overheating

Temperature sensors in the projector case

Cooling Fan Defect

1st task: find the critical temperature. 2nd task: configure the built-in temperature sensor. 3rd task: test if the system shuts down when the critical temperature is reached.

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